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Posts Tagged ‘ UL Huskies ’

Basketball : National Cup Finals Fail To Disappoint

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Friday night saw one of the greatest if not the greatest Womens Cup final of all time as UL Huskies were defeated in overtime by Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. A sold out crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght saw defending champions UL defeated as Irish coach James Weldon squared off against another Irish coach in Paul Kelleher. UL were chasing their third straight National Cup but it wasn’t to be although the girls from Limerick have to be praised for their spirited fight back having looked dead and buried at half time in this one.

The Men’s final was never going to outplay the Women’s fixture as UCC Demons comfortably got the better of shock cup finalists Dublin Inter. Inter , who are made up mainly of Lithuanian players , shot well from behind the three point line but after keeping in touch with their Cork counterparts for much of the first quarter they fell away as the game progressed. The game marked a fantastic achievement from Demons captain Shane Coughlin as he collected his fifth National Cup winners medal. Continue reading

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Irish Basketball Weekly Round Up

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There was a big coup for Basketball Ireland during the week as they managed to secure live radio coverage for the draw for the semi finals of the National Cup. The draw is set to take place on RTE Radio 1 at 3pm on Saturday, 14th of December. The Saturday Sports Show attracts thousands of listeners every Saturday and is sure to add to the excitement of what is Basketball’s major competition.

A producer on the programme Robbie Irwin had this to say upon the announcement. “We are delighted to enhance the promotion of the National Cup by including the live draw in our programme. RTE Radio has covered the various stages of the competition for many years and this is a natural extension to that coverage.” Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history. Continue reading

Irish International Basketball Returns With Welsh Exhibition Game

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The very best of the women and men of Ireland’s Premier League players will get an opportunity to represent the Emerald Isle when they take on a Wales selection team next Saturday in the National Basketball Arena. The woman’s team are set to take to the court for a 3 pm tip off whilst the men will play straight afterwards with a 5 pm tip off. Hopes are high for the men’s team after they recorded a massive upset back in January when they managed to travel to England and record a victory over our nearest rivals. Continue reading

Basketball : Neptune And Killester Battle Tops Busy Weekend

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The Irish Basketball season is now well and truly up and running with the first round of the U20 National Cup taking place last weekend. This weekend on the underage basketball scene, Galway is set to be the host venue for the 2013 Inter regional competition.  This is a yearly tournament where the very best players from each of the nine regions around Ireland compete in front of Irish coaches. With Irish international places up for grabs it always proves to be an exciting weekend of basketball for all involved.

In other news that has been announced over the past few days, Killester revealed an exciting new initiative for the remainder of their season. The club unveiled on their website that they are set to broadcast all Killester basketball Premier League games on the club’s website. The commentators were also revealed with broadcaster and journalist Declan King taking the reigns. King is set to be assisted in the commentary box by American Todd James who is also a former Killester Head Coach. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Season Enjoys Thrilling Opening Weekend

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The newly named Premier Division got off to a flying start this past weekend. There was two games for woman’s basketball fans to take in on Saturday as UL Huskies travelled to the capital and came away with a win (75-57) with James Weldon securing a victory over his DCU Mercy counterpart Mark Ingle. Top scorers for the Huskies were Rachel Clancy and Great Britain international Rachel Vanderwal who had 19 and 18 points respectively.

In the other game on Saturday which also took place in Dublin, Killester suffered a 13 point defeat to Brunell (67-54). The away side had Menendez to thank as she carried much of the scoring load for her side finishing with a game high 20 points in the process. Continue reading

New Irish Basketball Season Launched

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The 2013/2014 season was launched last week in the National Basketball Arena. The AerTV cameras were also present to capture the action as the National Cup draws also took place.

Templeogue are preparing to enter the top league of Irish basketball for the first time. U18 Irish international point guard Sean Flood was in the Arena and spoke to basketballireland.ie about how big of a step up the Premier Division is going to be for everyone in the club. Continue reading

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